When to Combine Epoxy and Urethane in a Floor System

What’s the Right Resinous Floor for Me?

As discussed in our previous post, epoxy and urethane floor systems are both commonly used for industrial and commercial flooring applications, but they each have their own unique properties and strengths.

Epoxy flooring is known for its durability and chemical resistance, making it a popular choice for environments with heavy foot or vehicle traffic, exposure to chemicals or oils, and frequent cleaning. It's also often used for decorative purposes, as it can be customized with various colors and finishes.

Urethane flooring, on the other hand, is highly resistant to UV light and offers excellent abrasion resistance, making it ideal for outdoor or high-traffic areas exposed to sunlight or frequent use. It's also highly flexible and can withstand significant temperature fluctuations.

In some cases, using epoxy and urethane flooring together can provide a highly durable and long-lasting floor system. For example, an epoxy base coat can be used for its chemical resistance, followed by a urethane topcoat for added protection against UV light and abrasion. The combination of these two systems can provide a highly resilient and long-lasting floor that's suitable for a variety of industrial and commercial environments.

However, the decision to use epoxy and urethane flooring together will depend on the specific needs of the facility and the conditions it will be exposed to. A Sika flooring expert can provide guidance on the best floor system for your unique needs.